Washougal City Councilman Jon Russell has announced a change of heart regarding the potential appointment of Mike Briggs to the Planning Commission.
Russell mentioned by email late Monday night he plans to drop his opposition and vote to confirm Briggs at the council meeting next week.
“As a person of faith, it is important for me to practice what I preach and bless those who curse me,” Russell said. “I believe Mike has written untrue personal attacks in the paper about me and other council members. I also disagree with most of his politically progressive views on development.
“I felt like we needed an extra couple of weeks to get it all out in the air,” he added. “That is why I tabled the nomination. Now, if confirmed, he will have to work alongside some people on the Planning Commission that don’t share his views on development. I believe Mike deserves that opportunity.”
During the City Council workshop earlier last night, the debate continued regarding what could or could not be considered personal attacks.